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Study humanities at WEA Sydney in a relaxed and social environment, and central CBD location. Easily accessible by public transport, our high quality courses are led by professional and friendly tutors, and offer you great value for money.


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The English Comic Novel in the 20th Century

Come on a fascinating literary journey as we explore the insights of some of the best writers of the 20th century: E. F. Benson, P. G. Wodehouse, Nancy Mitford and Barbara Pym. Learn about the history of comic writing in English and become familiar with some of the greats of this most neglected tradition. Discover how wit and genius can be combined. COURSE OUTLINE Learn about the deceptively simple power of comic writing and how it reflected the political and social realities of... [More]
$142 Limited inc GST / $128
The English Comic Novel in the 20th Century

<p>Come on a fascinating literary journey as we explore the insights of some of the best writers of the 20th century: E. F. Benson, P. G. Wodehouse, Nancy Mitford and Barbara Pym. Learn about the

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Concepts of Modern Art

As public interest in modern art continues to grow, there is a need for a place that is engaging, offering not only information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining its contemporary relevance and history. We will navigate through time, discovering artistic styles that define Modern Art from Picasso and Matisse to Chagall, Pollock, Kandinsky, Duchamp, Mondrian and so much more. COURSE OUTLINE 1880 – 1910 / Les Nabis, Post Impressionism, Art Nouveau – The Nabis felt that... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
Concepts of Modern Art

<p>As public interest in modern art continues to grow, there is a need for a place that is engaging, offering not only information and ideas about modern art, but also explaining its contemporary

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The Scattering: Emigration from Ireland to Australia 1791-1991

Discover how Irish emigration to Australia worked, beginning casually, growing into a system, and becoming a way of life. Examine the push from homelands and the pull of particular colonies. Consider the different Irelands that emigrants left behind, and the differing attitudes they took with them, and their contribution to the different Australias they found on arrival. SUGGESTED READING Oliver MacDonagh, The Sharing of the Green, Allen & Unwin, Sydney 1997 Christopher O’Mahony... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
The Scattering: Emigration from Ireland to Australia 1791-1991

<p>Discover how Irish emigration to Australia worked, beginning casually, growing into a system, and becoming a way of life. Examine the push from homelands and the pull of particular colonies.

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Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

We will move through the play exploring its wonderful verse and absorbing action. Its central figure is both a realistic Duke managing his realm and a God-like figure occupied with a world that his mildness has let slide into immorality. His Deputy is a ‘blameless’ man who would solve all problems harshly. We watch his approach fail as his lusting for the innocent Isabella surprises and corrupts him. The Duke exposes him and saves (and marries) Isabella, but can even God manage our... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
Shakespeare's Measure for Measure

<p>We will move through the play exploring its wonderful verse and absorbing action. Its central figure is both a realistic Duke managing his realm and a God-like figure occupied with a world that

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Philosophy of the Unconscious in Literature

What is that dark and fascinating place beneath the conscious mind, and how does it manifest itself in conscious thought? Many philosophers have proposed that ‘poetic thinking’ is a key to the unconscious. The course starts with Blake’s ontology of the ‘living dead’, and Coleridge’s ‘opium dreams’ and then analyse four of the most powerful texts of the 20th century: Joyce’s Ulysses; Kafka’s Metamorphosis; D. H. Lawrence’s Sons and Lovers, and Virginia Woolf’s The Waves. The aims of... [More]
$268 Limited inc GST / $241
Philosophy of the Unconscious in Literature

<p>What is that dark and fascinating place beneath the conscious mind, and how does it manifest itself in conscious thought? Many philosophers have proposed that ‘poetic thinking’ is a key to the

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Reshaping Democracy: The 19th and Early 20th Century

Consider the political, social and economic forces at work both for and against republican and democratic change in England, France and the USA. COURSE OUTLINE The complex and often conflicting issues involved in any system of governance. The reform Act of 1872. It’s limited but significant achievements. Social and economic changes in Mid-Victorian Britain and their political impact. The growing acceptance of social reform in both the Whig/Liberal and Tory/Conservative Governments.... [More]
$189 Limited inc GST / $170
Reshaping Democracy: The 19th and Early 20th Century

<p>Consider the political, social and economic forces at work both for and against republican and democratic change in England, France and the USA.<br/><p><br/><strong>COURSE OUTLINE</strong></p><ul><

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Philosophy and the Case Against Progress: From Romanticism to Postmodernism

Examine whether moral progress is possible by considering the philosophical arguments against progress. Trump and Brexit have caused many commentators to rethink whether democratic society has made any progress at all or whether it is headed toward a downward spiral. Examine philosophers critical of moral progress, including Romantic and Postmodern critiques of progress. From Rousseau’s claim that individual liberty led to economic inequality to Schopenhauer’s view that humanity... [More]
$228 Limited inc GST / $205
Philosophy and the Case Against Progress: From Romanticism to Postmodernism

<p>Examine whether moral progress is possible by considering the philosophical arguments against progress. Trump and Brexit have caused many commentators to rethink whether democratic society has made

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